Aug. 17, 2005
The second week of two-a-days officially came to a close on Wednesday and there were some tired players at the end of the evening session. Despite the fact that new head coach
Wednesday’s two-a-day closed with an 11-on-11 scrimmage as the coaching staff continued to look at how the team is integrating everything that has been thrown at them so far. It also served as an opportunity to mix and match some parts and keep tinkering with the line-up as the squad is just nine days away from taking the field against the 18th-ranked Trojans of USC. As tired as the players were, the energy level remained high and the team is still enjoying themselves everyday they are on the field.
Check out the photos from today’s practices and a few select highlights from the training sessions. There will be another gallery up Thursday evening when the squad arrives in
The coaching staff has begun the process of taking everything they have taught the group and use it in more game situations. They spent time today working on not just building an attack but turning that into goal scoring opportunities. Coach Krikorian’s number one priority though is getting his team’s defense in order and much of the evening session was spent on defensive shape with the back four and then also with the midfield players. The 1 ½ session did conclude with 11-v-11.
“I think it was a good day. This group is a little fatigued right now and that is to be expected at this time of preseason. The good news is we have still been able to avoid injuries and no serious strains or pulls. That is good news. The players are starting to understand the concepts we are trying to get across to them. They are still working hard.”
“We certainly have some very good pieces. Some of the returning players have really stepped up and helped us in a lot of ways on and off the field with their leadership qualities. Between the new players that have come in and the returners it is interesting to see as we start to jell together. We are starting to put together a starting 11 and figure out who we can use as substitutes. I think we have a pretty good group.”
“We are going to make a couple of adjustments from the game on Monday. It is more just evaluative and trying to see what is the best system and getting the players in the right position in that system. We just want to put the team in the best situation to compliment one another.”
“It is hard to believe we are about a week away from getting in to game competition. I can’t complain in any fashion about the effort the players have put in and the energy they have displayed. Hopefully we will be prepared for game one but it is more important that we go out each and every game and represent ourselves well.
“The defense is the foundation of what we want to do. Since we have a game against a very good
“It has been very hard but so good. Team chemistry is so good right now. I think we just need to continue to work on our communication but my teammates have been great. We are prepared to compete Friday night.”
“I have never been to
“The preseason has been excellent. It is hard work but it has been a ton of fun. I have loved it so far. Defensively we have room for improvement but we are coming together as a group. We are starting to understand how each other plays and how the coaching staff wants us to play as well. When we communicate I think we play very well.”
“I think we are at a very good point. After tonight’s scrimmage, I feel very good. I think we have come further in two weeks than we have in any other year but we probably had further to go this year. We have come a long way and I will be excited to see how we fare against a great team like
“It is going better than expected. I am not surprised because we have a great group of girls. They are willing to get along and I think that open-mindedness goes along way and helps with the team chemistry.”